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Darksiders II
Release dates
August 14, 2012
Darksiders II at Steam Charts
Darksiders II at SteamDB
 Darksiders II at Wikipedia
Darksiders 2010
Darksiders II 2012

Key points

Disadvantage THQ promised to implement a configuration file to customise the experience, but this was never implemented.[2][3]
Disadvantage The game has been ported poorly with numerous configuration and launching issues.[4][5]

General information

More information Official Forums
More information THQ Darksider II Forum - Technical Help & Bug Reporting - not PC-specific
More information Darksiders Wiki - A wiki for the series
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys
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Information All versions require Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Delete/rename video files

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Go into media\video\
  3. Delete or rename 2011_THQ_Logo_FadeOut_720p.bik and Vigil_Logo1280x720.bik.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game UI settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]


Save game data location[edit]

Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\darksiders 2

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Bronze.svg Limited support. Widescreen Fixer is recommended.[6]
Field of view (FOV) Impossible
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Added in Update 3; see Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native See Vertical sync (Vsync).
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[7]
Disadvantage The settings are only available after the cinematic introduction displayed when starting a new game. No real "Main menu" before starting/loading a game.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Fix Borderless fullscreen windowed

Advantage Forcing Borderless fullscreen windowed mode with any tool (see previous link) works and can, in combination with Vsync, fix this stuttering and make the game run at a smooth frame rate matching the monitor refresh rate.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Disadvantage No in-game setting for Anisotropic Filtering. The type and amount of filtering used when not forced is unknown.

Fix Graphics Adaptor

Anistropic Filtering (preferably 16x) can be forced for this game in the graphics adapter settings (NVIDIA or AMD Catalyst Control Panel).

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Advantage Natively available.[8]

Fix Graphics Adaptor

Anti-aliasing can be enabled in-game thanks to the current update which was released on Steam September 7th, 2012.

Nvidia, has no profile for Darksiders 2, and the Darksiders 1 profile causes severe graphics glitches if you attempt to use it.

Until a new driver is released with an updated profile, expect issues when attempting to force anti-aliasing apart from FXAA (which is fast and works fine for this game, but is arguably inferior to MSAA, CSAA...) and SSAA. Remember that the performance costs of SSAA are very high.

For the time being it might be a good idea to only use FXAA or look toward using a higher quality injector that bypasses the driver "hacks" that allow AA to function via the control panel, e.g. SMAA Injector, if you are an nVidia user.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Fix Borderless fullscreen windowed

Advantage Vsync setting did nothing at launch, but was fixed with the first patch.
Advantage Fixes screen tearing and caps frame rate to the monitor's refresh rate. Can help with stuttering.[9]
Disadvantage On some systems (tested on a Windows 7 PC with a GeForce GTX 560 Ti), forcing Vsync causes additional stuttering as the frame rate randomly changes back and forth between 30 and 60 FPS. Forcing Triple Buffering with D3DOverrider should fix this but it doesn't.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native See Remapping
Mouse acceleration Impossible No option to disable mouse acceleration.[10]
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Native
Full controller support Native
Controller remapping Impossible
Controller Y-axis inversion Native


Information The key bindings menu can be found via the inventory menu (press O, then navigate to the Move List menu)[11]
Disadvantage Some keyboard keys cannot be mapped to game commands, like Delete, or num_del, Insert keys. Also, Arrow keys, END, HOME, PGUP, PGDN, etc. are displayed as "UNKNOWN KEY" then setting it again displays as NUMPAD keys. Does not seem too bad, but UNKNOWN KEY can only be bound once. Arrows are functional still after this binding as NUM keys, but you cannot bind any NUMPAD keys as it is seen as already bound. "I" is hardbound to PAUSE, so that is also not "remappable".
Disadvantage If a key is already bound, you have to remap the action using that key before you can use it. This sends you on a goose chase if you need to remap the majority of the keys.
Disadvantage Each time you set a key your entire page scrolls back to the very top so you need to scroll all the way back down again (using your w,s,UP,DWN keys that require constant pressing as holding does not scroll, and cannot use the mouse scrollwheel) to get back to the section you were configuring.
Disadvantage E is hard-coded into the game and cannot be bound to certain actions (e.g. Move Horse Forward)

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
Czech Native Unknown Native
Dutch Native Unknown Native
French Native Native Native
German Native Native Native
Italian Native Native Native
Polish Native Impossible Native
Russian Native Native Native
Spanish Native Native Native

Issues fixed[edit]


Information Caused by uncapped frame rate.

Fix Enable vsync

Enable vsync in the video options.

Fix Enable vsync and borderless windowed fullscreen mode

Fix Use the Skyrim Stuttering fix[12]

If all else fails, copy the files from the Skyrim Stuttering fix into the Darksiders II installation folder.

Fix Use a frame limiter program

The issue can also be fixed by enabling vsync (and preferably triple buffering) and using a frame limiter.

High System Temperatures[edit]

Information Caused by uncapped frame rate.

Fix Use D3DOverrider

Refer to D3DOverrider to force vsync to limit frame rate and temperatures.[13]

Stuck after start game[edit]

Information Caused by slowdown in internet connection as game checks for THQ account.

Fix Wait For THQ Authentication[14]

3D Vision effects not rendering correctly[edit]

Information Using 3D Vision in the game is subpar to what it could be, with effects and shadows not rendering at the correct depth.

Fix Use Helix Mod

Use the Helix mod to improve the 3D effects in the game. Helix Mod WebPage

Using an Xbox 360 controller, only items from the first 3 rows can be sacrificed to upgrade a possessed weapon[edit]

Fix Using a 360 controller, only items from the first 3 rows can be sacrificed to upgrade a possessed weapon

This was initially a problem at launch, but fixed in later patches

No dialogue voices or subtitles[edit]

Region locked copies may lack voices and subtitles, when language is changed to anything other than language native for their region.[15]

Fix Change language in Steam

  1. Open your Steam Library.
  2. Find Darksiders 2 on the list and right click on it.
  3. Choose properties.
  4. Go to a Language tab.
  5. Change a language.

Fix Change game location

  1. If the fix above doesn't work.
  2. Make sure your game is installed on your primary HDD
  3. If you don't want to move the game without redownloading it follow these steps.
  4. Find Darksiders 2 on the list and right click on it.
  5. Choose properties.
  6. Go to a Local Files tab.
  7. Click Backup Game Files
  8. Choose a location for your backup.
  9. When the backup is complete, go back to the Local Files tab.
  10. Click Delete Local Game Content
  11. When you're ready to install the game again, click the steam button in the top left and then Backup and restore games
  12. Choose Restore from a previous backup and then browse to where you saved your backup.
  13. When it asks you where you want to install the game, make a new steam library on your primary HDD and install it there.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Freezing while exiting pause or inventory screens[edit]

If you are using a NVIDIA GPU, go to the NVIDIA Control Panel -> Manage 3D-settings (I think, mine is in Norwegian so I translated directly) -> Software settings tab -> Press the "Add" button and find Darksiders II -> When configuring the settings for Darksiders II in the control panel, scroll down to the Vertical Sync settings and set it to "Adaptive".

This should fix the problem.

This fix _can_ cause stuttering, and if that happens you can use this fix:


Extract d3d9.dll and antilag.cfg into the installation folder.

Using the phasewalker at the first portal after Lilith gives it to you to reach Samael[edit]

Disable the DLC and it will work. There is a bug .

Karkinos Does Not React To Eggs Thrown (Thus UNBEATABLE)[edit]

The only known "solution" is to get closer before you throw the egg at the soft part. It may be difficult but seems to be the only way to circumvent the problem. die twice is another way

Alt+Tab will often result in crashing the game[edit]

When getting the Redemption, you can't use it because it didn't load itself. ( You can hear the 'klak' voice but nothing happened!)[edit]

Information A common, unresolved issue.[16]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista SP1, 7 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 2.0 GHz
Any Quad-core AMD or Intel Processor
System memory (RAM)
2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
20 GB (10 GB after install)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia Geforce 9800 GT
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Shader model 4.0 support


  1. 1.0 1.1 'Not the right time' for Red Faction: Guerrilla 2; Darksiders 2 coming to Mac, Linux
  2. http://community.darksiders.com/go/thread/view/138731/29249339/Settings&post_num=4#522535995
  3. http://community.darksiders.com/go/thread/view/138731/29314059/NO_graphics_options,_cant_change_keybindings
  4. http://community.darksiders.com/go/thread/view/138731/29313981/DS2_on_steam_not_launching
  5. http://community.darksiders.com/go/thread/view/138731/29314097/Unable_to_launch_Darksiders_II_for_PC_Read_Here!
  6. http://www.wsgf.org/blog/helifax/2013/09/22/darksiders-ii-way-it-meant-be-played-almost
  7. "Games That Run Above 60FPS" - 120Hz.net Forums
  8. http://community.darksiders.com/go/thread/view/138731/29314191/Really_Vigil__No_anti_aliasing_on_PC_version
  9. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=32269285&postcount=9
  10. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2873652
  11. http://community.darksiders.com/go/thread/view/138731/29314129/Controller_Options__Remapping_Controls_PC
  12. http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/2581
  13. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2873733
  14. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2873854
  15. Tested by Suicide machine - Polish works without problems, but when changed to English - game lacks both subtitles and voices.
  16. http://community.darksiders.com/go/thread/view/138731/29314177/Freezing_while_exiting_pause_or_inventory_screens.